|UNESCO #33 - European Bison, Białowieża Forest - BELARUS|
Friday, June 06, 2014
European Bison, Białowieża Forest - BELARUS - UNESCO #33
This is my fourth card of the Białowieża Forest, but I decided to ask for it in a swap because I didn't have any with the European Bison yet. The European Bison (also know as Wisent) is a giant 800kg beast with a enormous strength (and a nervous temper) almost drove to extinction due to heavy hunting (for the meat, skin and specially its hide, to produce trophies and drinking horns). In the Białowieża Forest (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Belarus and Poland still live more than 300 wild European Bison. Thank you very much Alex for this card and for using the new "Happy Postcrossing" stamp from Belarus. This postcard took 11 days to arrive!
Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, this immense forest range, consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees, is home to some remarkable animal life, including rare mammals such as the wolf, the lynx and the otter, as well as some 300 European Bison, a species which has been reintroduced into the park.